- SCHUBERT: Fantasia in F minor for Four Hands
- BRUCH: Concerto for Two Pianos
- DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 7
- Los Angeles Philharmonic
- Semyon Bychkov conductor
- Katia and Marielle Labèque pianos
About This Performance
This program of Romantic riches offers the delightful opportunity to hear two pianists both with and without orchestra. First, the marvelous Labèques play Schubert’s most important duet, composed in four movements, during the last year of his life and filled with profound feeling. Max Bruch’s Concerto for Two Pianos is not widely known. In fact, its history is strange, even sad, but when you hear how touchingly beautiful it is, you will likely never forget it. Bruch himself most likely never heard his original version. Full of poignant lyricism and moments of drama, this concerto may make you think of Rachmaninoff in all its lushness.
Dvořák’s dramatic Seventh Symphony is considered one of his greatest symphonies and is certainly not heard often enough. A close cousin of Brahms’ symphonies, the D-minor work was actually inspired by Brahms but also reflects Dvořák’s deep desire to express his Czech roots. Its melodies, harmonies, and rich orchestration provide everything you want in a passionate Romantic-era symphony.
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